Broncos news: John Elway says 'we'll see' if Drew Lock is signed by training camp
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Broncos’ John Elway says ‘we’ll see’ if Drew Lock is signed by training camp

Drew Lock, John Elway

If all goes according to plan, Drew Lock will eventually assume the role of the Denver Broncos’ franchise quarterback. Just because he’s always been poised to sit behind veteran signal-caller Joe Flacco as a rookie, though, hardly means the Broncos can afford the University of Missouri product holding out from training camp.

The Broncos opened training camp with a conditioning test on Wednesday, and Lock was nowhere to be found, remaining unsigned nearly three full months after he was selected with the No. 42 overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Asked if the University of Missouri product would put pen to paper before the first official practice of camp on Thursday, general manager John Elway refused to commit one way or another, saying, “We’ll see.”

“Nothing surprises me anymore,” he said, per Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper, when asked if he was surprised by how contract discussions with Lock have played out.

Lock is reportedly seeking a “quarterback premium” that would allow him to be paid more than players normally drafted in his range. His refusal to sign a deal had also been affecting guard Dalton Risner, the No. 41 overall pick, but he finally signed his rookie contract on Tuesday, in time to participate for the beginning of camp.

Lock, once considered a potential top-10 pick, was one of draft night’s biggest sliders. He threw for 3,498 yards, 28 touchdowns, and eight interceptions as a senior, completing 62.9 percent of his passes.

Denver acquired Flacco from the Baltimore Ravens in February in exchange for a fourth-round pick.